O’Driscoll’s favourite as Blues hero ignores talk

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Guy Whittingham has insisted he will ignore those calling for him to become Pompey manager.

Whittingham and Stuart Gray led the Blues to their second home win on the bounce against Doncaster on Saturday.

The 3-1 triumph was the temporary duo’s third game in charge since Steve Cotterill departed.

Sean O’Driscoll remains the bookies’ favourite for the job after being interviewed last Wednesday.

The News understands O’Driscoll was offered the Pompey role before Cotterill took over from Avram Grant last year.

He decided not to leave the job he held at Doncaster at the time, however.

According to reports, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is also a contender for the position.

Solskjær is currently with Norwegian side Molde, whose chairman has dismissed the talk of a move to the Blues.

Meanwhile, former Brighton boss Mark McGhee – a close friend of Gordon Strachan – was in the Pompey directors’ box on Saturday.

Whittingham won’t be tempted to change his stance, though.

He said: ‘We want to allow the owners and the chief-executive the time they need.

‘If they want us to carry on, however long is needed, we’re only too pleased to do it.

‘Nothing has changed as far as we’re concerned.

‘Of course we hear all of the rumours but we continue until the chief-executive tells us something different.

‘The fans understand the situation. The results help the club find the time to find the right man, that’s all we want.

‘Whether it’s tomorrow, next week or whenever, we need someone to push it on and we want to find the club time to get the right person.’